Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid?
When I was a kid, I was always told that I needed to be a professional, a Doctor, an Engineer, an Accountant or a Lawyer. I went to good schools, I studied hard, did well in my exams and went to university, where I studied Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace Engineering. After I graduated, I got a job in Project Management and Control at an Oil & Gas Multinational in Malaysia and started my working life.
It wasn’t long before I became disengaged from my job. You see I never really had an interest in Engineering or Oil & Gas in the first place. I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives, to make their lives better. I had a very hard time, justifying to myself why my job mattered. I would tell myself that the projects I was working on made the production of more oil and gas possible, and the oil and gas were used to power people’s homes, vehicles and to make a host of plastic products. It was a big stretch, and one I found difficult to accept. It’s not easy to be excited by Oil & Gas as a product, it always felt to me like it was a 20th Century industry in a 21st Century world. To get out of my situation, I studied for and completed an MBA part-time over three years. It made little difference to my situation, though.
At that time, I had a young family (since I got married while at uni), and my job had me live in 7 different locations over 8 years. I had to spend months at a time away from my family and I was missing my kids’ childhood years. I got more and more disillusioned with each passing day. I felt that I was taking more than I was giving back. I wasn’t benefiting anyone on a personal level and I didn’t feel like I was a good human being. The only thing that made my job tolerable was when I got to help my colleagues. It was always more fulfilling to me that I helped out my colleagues as compared to the work itself because I felt that I was contributing to something bigger than myself, and making a difference in the life of a real person, even though it was just helping out a colleague.
One day, as part of a restructuring exercise it was decided that the subsidiary I was working in was to be winded down. I took it as an opportunity to find another job, one where I would have to travel less and could spend more time with my family. As I was pretty good at my job, I quickly found a job with a Joint –Venture partner of my company in the United Kingdom. For a while I felt much happier and fulfilled, I got to spend more time with my family, I was learning new things at work and I was kept busy.
After a couple of years, although my career was progressing pretty well, and I made it to a managerial position. However, whenever I had time to stop and switch-off auto-pilot mode, I would feel disillusioned and depressed, and it would get more and more intense. Again, I felt that I wasn’t giving anything back to real people, I was just making money for big corporations. I forced myself to keep on going though, because there were bills to pay and the kids, who were no longer kids, needed to go to university. I just couldn’t see a way out. I was going through the motions for a paycheck. I would binge watchNetflix in my free-time to escape the nagging emptiness and dull the pain I felt inside.
I recently turned 40, a milestone birthday, and it put me in a reflective mood. I took stock of my life. I was grateful for a great many things, I had a solid formal education, a wonderful wife, fantastic children, a comfortable home and a more than decent CV.
On the other hand, I felt a lack of fulfillment in my life, there was a sense of me watching my life pass by like I was a passenger in a train. I was going somewhere, but I had no idea where. I had just been going with the flow. I was always looking to the future, for a better tomorrow. My life was passing me by and I wasn’t any closer to being who I wanted to be or doing what I wanted to do. It was there and then, that I made a decision to take a stand. I was going to pursue what I wanted and I wasn’t going to delay it any further.
I wanted to spend more time with my family. Enjoy and spend time with my kids.
I wanted to spend more time with my Parents and my In-laws (Really!). Let’s just say they’re no longer young and I wanted to be with them while I still could.
I wanted a job where I could help people, be of value to them, help them deal with their problems and pain, and bring a smile to their faces.
I wanted to put all my reading, learning and education to positive use, focusing on benefiting real people and not solely on enriching soulless corporations.
I wanted to feel like I was making a positive difference with my life, that I was contributing more than I was consuming, and that I was part of the solution and not the problem.
I began my search.
I read books, articles, journals, websites.
I took online courses aplenty.
I watched lots of videos on self-improvement.
And then I discovered the Six Figure Mentors (SFM). I clicked on an advert and subsequently signed up for SFM’s Free Video Series. It was exactly what I was looking for, so I submitted an application.
SFM provide what appears to be a feasible way to drastically improve my situation. They teach me the skills I need to start and run a successful online business. How this differs from all the other courses and training I have received previously is that you get to put it into practice and discuss your results with real-world experts who have been there and done that before. So it is not just theoretical, it is extremely practical and results-orientated. Probably even more valuable to me, is the soft-skills and mindset training, that are so often overlooked in ‘formal’ education.
I’ve just begun this journey, and it will be a long journey. There is so much more, for me to learn and experience but I have had a number of successes already. Starting from knowing nothing about online businesses and with an aversion for ICT, in less than 3 months since I joined SFM, I have achieved the following:
- I have started blogging and my blog posts have over 7000+ views in total and still increasing daily at an increasing rate (now 100+ per day).
- I have learned about the business model for online success.
- I have successfully advertised on the internet, creating and launching my own campaign and writing my own advertisements.
- I have obtained over a hundred leads from all over the world.
- I have started building an email list.
- I have achieved my first sale.
- I have created my own website (which you are reading!)
One of the best things about SFM is the community. We celebrate each other’s successes and cheer each other on.
There is still a long way for me to go, but I relish the journey am and enjoying every step.
I feel alive and am delighted to be able to market products that can improve many people’s life situation drastically and give them hope.
I am humbled and grateful that I can share my knowledge and insights with thousands through my blog posts.
I enjoy answering questions from my leads and assisting them to get the information that they need. Being helpful to other people gives me a sense of fulfillment that I find difficult to explain.
How will my story continue….I don’t know.
What I do know is that I look forward to each sunrise with thankfulness and the certainty that more and more I’m becoming the person I want to be and living the life I want to live.